Half The People Killed In The Texas Shooting Were Children
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas ― Around half the people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting were minors, including at least one child under age two.
Of the 26 people who lost their lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 12 to 14 of them were children, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said Monday morning.
The tragedy in the small community near San Antonio marks the worst mass shooting in the history of Texas, with deceased victims as young as 18 months and as old as 77 years.
Half the church’s congregation was killed, officials said, when a lone gunman opened fire on worshippers a little before noon on Sunday. Several families are grappling with multiple deaths and injuries ― the Holcombe family, for instance, lost eight people from three generations.
The Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville, Texas, said it admitted eight patients with gunshot wounds on Sunday. Four of them had to be transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio for a higher level of care. The Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio also received eight patients.
Here’s what we know so far about those killed:
Nick Wagner, a photographer with the Austin American-Statesman who was on the scene shortly after the attack, reported that the father of Rebecca Metcalf was killed in the shooting. His name has not yet been released.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Lydia O’Connor contributed reporting.